Unlike a lot of artists probably, I need to paint every single day to be able to keep my abilities up. Â Over the holiday season, I was simply unable to. Â I love my work (if you can call it that) more than anything else I've ever done -- or ever will do -- in my life. Â I live to paint and to learn all I can about painting -- No matter how good others may see me, even in ten more years, say,I will always be striving to be the best that I can be.
No one wants to die, I know; but since I know we all do at some point hopefully in the distant future, I want to still be trying to paint to the very best of my ability. Â So I hope when my time comes, I'll be found the next day, brush in hand, signing my latest best painting I could ever do. Â (Sorry to sound morbid, but I love my career that much.)
But as much as I love my career, there's one thing that overrides even it, and that is my family Â - including extended family and even some friends -- and of course my four-legged family members, too. Â So that's why I was away from painting these past few weeks. Â But now it's time for me to get back to it. Â
I started last week with a rooster painting, a bit stylized compared to my usual style, but it was enjoyable, and if felt good to have the brushes wet again. Â I've finished it, and now I'm painting a German shorthaired pointer portrait. Â I'm fairly happy with the painting so far, but I'm having a bit of trouble with getting just the right color. Â Unfortunately, I read the AKC requirements for a GSP's color, which they descibe as pure "liver," not red, not orange, not tan, but "liver." Â Well, I'm really struggling to be sure it's exactly the right color in my painting, but with a bit of time I'm sure I'll get it right.
Hope you enjoy it when it is finished. Â